Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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What is the FFA? The FFA stands for Future Farmers of America. "It is a national organization which reaches from the state of Alaska to Puerto Rico and from the state of Maine to Hawaii." Those are the words the reporter says during the opening ceremonies of Parliamentary Procedure. The FFA is an awesome program for teenagers. I was in FFA all four years of High School and College and am actually certified to teach Agriculture Education. I was an AG ED instructor for one year. Part of the job requires being an FFA advisor as well. Currently, my brother is an Ag teacher and is attending the State FFA Convention this week. For more information about the FFA go here.
Monday, March 30, 2009
I was going through the April issue of Glamour magazine looking for coupons and on page 145, there is an advertisement that Glamour will give you a $25 KMART gift card for every $50 you spend between March 10 and April 30! Woo, hoo! I just found a bargain.
Here are the details:
For every eligible receipt, you will receive a gift card for exclusive use at Kmart stores. Send qualifying original receipts along with your name, address, and telephone number to
Glamour Platinum Rewards
Attn: Promotion Department 4 Times Square
NY, NY 10036.
Receipts must be received by 05/13/2009.
I can not wait to take advantage of this rebate!
Take advantage of the savings yourself!
UPDATE: To make this deal even better go here for a $10 off a $50 purchase of Women's clothing. You can also use this coupon online as well. Too bad I did not find it before Friday!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Decide what you want to plant. For my example we are going to use lettuce.
Purchase the seeds or plants, soil, and container for planting.
Choose the seed you want. There are various seed companies where you can purchase seeds. Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Co-Op, Mayo's, Tractor Supply, etc. also have garden seeds and most places sell organic seeds as well. You can also purchase lettuce plants this time of year as well. If you decide on a plant, then you will be able to enjoy your planting much earlier than from seed.
Purchase soil. I suggest getting an organic potting soil mix. An example is Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Potting Mix . You can get this potting soil at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. This Potting soil is designed specifically for container planting. If you have a compost pile or some other nice soil around your home, you can use that as well and save money.
Choose the container. There are various sizes of containers. You can even make your own, The most important thing is to make sure there are drainage holes int he bottom. Also, if you plan on keeping your container in doors or on the porch, you will want to make sure there is something under the container to collect the water which will be draining out of the container. If you do not have the money to purchase a nice container, you can use a plastic tote or some other type of container. You can use a small drill to drill drainage holes in the bottom or make some with a knife.
Now that you have all of your materials, you are ready to begin planting.
If your soil is dry, you should lightly moisten the soil before planting. If you are using seeds, make sure the soil is warm as seeds will germinate best in warm soil. Fill the container to the top if you are planting from seed. Leave about an inch space if you are using plants. For seed check the depth the seeds should be planted. In our example, lettuce is not planted very deeply. You can actually just sprinkle some seeds on top of the soil and lightly cover them with soil. For plants you will want to evenly space your plants around the container, but you do not want to put too many plants in your container as the soil will not support a mass amount. . Make a hole in the soil and place the plant. The hole should be about the same same depth and about 1 1/2 times the width of the plant. You want to cover the roots and try to keep as much of its original soil attached to help avoid shock. Add more soil in order to fill your container to the top. After planting you will want to thoroughly water your soil. You may or may not need to water every day. You can touch the soil with your fingers and see if it is wet. For lettuce, you will want to keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. Too much water or too little water will not yield good results.
Wait. Pick. Eat. Enjoy!
Your seed packet or tag in the plant pack should tell when you can harvest.
Good luck. I did not go into a lot of detail. Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to see pictures especially from those of you who have never done any planting or gardening.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Currently we raise beef as well as vegetables and fruit. We try to raise things as naturally and organically as possible. It is a cinch when raising vegetables and fruit. However, we have not been able to afford it with our beef, but we are getting there. We do not use any antibiotics or hormones. We are even able to raise some of the feed stuffs for the feed we give them. We sell our beef too. Currently, we are selling just at cost with hopes to break even this year. Most of our customers are other homeschooling families as well as others who are concerned about where their food originates. If you or anyone you know is interested in our beef, please send me an email and let me know. Currently, we have 1 1/4 left to sell. The beef will be ready for pick up on April 10th. If you are interested, send me an email, and I will give you more information on pricing, packaging, pick-up, etc. email@example.com
We have also started our Spring Garden. As of now, we have planted carrots, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, collard greens, mustard greens, various lettuces, kale, peas, and potatoes. I will also be planting strawberries, radishes, and spinach, but the seeds and plants have not yet arrived. In late April and early May, we will plant green beans, blue corn, okra, yellow squash, pumpkins, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, watermelons, and possibly other things. The children are really getting involved this year as well. Timmy (our 7 year old and oldest) helped me plant the potatoes on Saturday. He and Chandler (our 5 year old and third child) also helped plant several other things on Saturday. Calla (our 2 year old and next to youngest) also planted some seeds and loved it! Michaela (our 6 year old) and Blythe (our 3 year old) also help in the garden. On Saturday, they were playing and entertaining baby Wyatt (4 months old).
You may be saying, "Well, I do not have space or time to raise my own food!" I give you a challenge. Try container gardening with only a few plants. Right now it is still too cold for tomatoes and beans but you can try broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, or any of the other plants I mentioned above. Purchase or make your own container. Fill it with soil. You can use potting soil or another type of well draining soil. You can purchase plants or seeds. Select those varieties designed especially for pots. They usually have "bush" in their name (Better Bush Tomatoes are an example). Follow the instructions to plant your seeds or plants. Care for your plants by watering and feeding them as needed. In a few weeks, you will be rewarded for your efforts with something delicious to eat. I hope to have more details on container gardening and raising your own food.
Today, my children will have some lessons on gardening for their school.
Stay tuned for more posts. Feel free to send any questions you may have.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I also want to thank Heather at Freebies4Mom and Wendy at Sweeties Sweeps for posting my story on their blogs you can read more here and here.
I do plan on putting pictures up as soon as I figure out how to do it! This blog is new and under construction, so bear with me as I learn as I go!
I will be busy these next few pretty days planting things in the garden, but please stay tuned as I will be posting more.
Thanks again for taking time to read!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
A new friend of mine talked of her deals at CVS. She spent only $0.64 for over $200 worth of products! I thought that was amazing. She mentioned a site The Thrifty Mama where she found a lot of deals. I went home to check it out. It was true! There on the site were all the deals for CVS, Walgreen's, Kroger, etc. She lists the best sales and where to get the coupons for that sale. She did not have Ingles which is where I used to shop quite a bit. Also, the week I started was when Ingles had their triple coupon week. At the time I could not find any blogs with Ingles deals, so I worked my own. I ended up buying well over $300 of NAME BRAND groceries for just under $45! I was hooked. I got over $200 worth of groceries the next week at Kroger for about $45. I still did not understand the CVS deals at the time, so I stayed away from there. I finally decided to start at CVS. It was so confusing at first. I am still not quite sure I got it down, but I am doing better. I got over $50 worth of items for $1.86 the other day with $10 back to spend at CVS again. Just this past week, I went to Walgreen's, Kroger, CVS, Walmart, Party City, and Dollar Tree. I got over $500 worth of stuff for right around $85! Plus I had over $50 to spend on my next trips at Kroger, CVS, and Walgreen's! I usually do not go to that many places, but we were having a birthday party that weekend for our two year old.
I also started entering sweepstakes in late January. I was not consistent in entering them at first. I started being consistent the beginning of March. The first sweepstakes I found were at Freebies4Mom. She had the most winnable sweeps. On one of her posts she directed me to SweetiesSweeps. Sweetie does an awesome job of finding sweepstakes that are winnable. She wins over 200 a year and actually makes money! She and I both won $5000 just last week from a sweepstakes! I had been winning little coupons for free items here and there from some of the sweepstakes, but last week I won big. If you are interested in winning sweeps check out Sweeties post here on tips for winning sweeps.
Well, that's a beginning of my story. There are other things I could tell, but this post is getting long. If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me an email.